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Japan launches sexual consent app

Are you really “consenting” to a sexual relationship? In Japan the sexual consent application is being born “Kiroku (キロク)“, which claims that it “will not destroy the atmosphere of a relationship,” but will leave a “verifiable track record.”


The sexual consent app “Kiroku (キロク)” is already in the development phase, supervised by lawyers, which allows consent to a sexual relationship from a mobile device without altering the atmosphere of the situation, while avoiding the argument of “I didn’t really consent to the sexual relationship” in the future.. The application is now available for the Japanese market.

As of July 13, 2023, Japan’s Penal Code was amended in relation to sexual crimes, and the crimes of “forced sexual intercourse” and “quasi-forced sexual intercourse” were merged, establishing a new crime of non-consensual sexual intercourse (article 177 of the Penal Code). Similarly, the crimes of “indecent abuse” and “quasi-forced indecent abuse” were classified as “non-consensual indecent abuse” (article 176 of the Penal Code).

However, when it comes to the crime of non-consensual sexual intercourse, even if you thought you had consent at the time of having sexual intercourse, you can be charged as a criminal if the other party later states that they did not actually consent. Unfortunately, it is difficult to have proof that the other person gave consent in a closed room.

To avoid these discrepancies, it is necessary to prepare a “sexual consent form”, but concerns have been expressed that the procedure of taking out a piece of paper, signing and stamping the form destroys the atmosphere of the situation. Therefore, in line with the change in the law, the sexual consent application “Kiroku (キロク)” has been developed in Japan, which allows consent to be given for sexual activity from a mobile device.

Consent records are stored in the application and can be used as “evidence” before a jury. It is also possible to issue a digital consent form within the app as many times as both parties agree, even if the other party has already given consent in the past.

As part of the launch campaign, the application is completely free for two months. In addition to publicizing the consent application, which both couples can use with peace of mind, they are studying adding an anniversary function to support couples, and a function that allows them to meet people on matchmaking applications and guarantee the age of the couple. partner, their marital history and other identities.

Fountain: Livedoor News

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